The 63. edition of the Festival, directed by Marco Muller, begins on August 30th at the Lido Cinema Palace in Venice. The Film Festival kicks off with the world premiere of Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia, adaptation of the novel by James Ellroy, about the notorious unsolved murder of an aspiring actor in 1940s Los Angeles. The first film screening in in this year's line-up opens the way to several high-tension films based on real-life events, many drawn from American 20th-century history, where we'll see crime stories, played by misterious criminals, dark ladies, intelligence agents.
The line-up of the Festival includes four main sections and a screening schedule running until September 9th. It will be articulated according to the estabilished outline: the Venezia 63 section will present the films competing for the Golden Lion, some of the most important works of the year will be shown Out of Competition, while Orizzonti will provide a picture of new trends in cinema. The international short film competition Corto Cortissimo is also in the line-up of the festival. During the Author's Days will be presented L'udienza è aperta, a documentary film of Vincenzo Marra, about south italian organized crime trials, while for the section Horizons will be screened the Quijote of the joung italian director Mimmo Paladino. This year, for the first time, three film animation, produced by three
great japanese directors, will be part of the screening schedule. Other films on show include Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Alfonso
Cuaron's Children of Men and Paul Verhoeven's The Black Book. In spite of the unseemly row that has been burbling since Rome announced its own inaugural film festival, everything was ready for the inauguration night, waiting for Scarlett Johansson red carpet walk and the Grand Gala of renowned guests on the Excelsior beach. Special guests Catherine Deneuve, heading this year's jury and Isabella Ferrari, godmother of the Festival.
Director David Lynch will receive an honorary Golden Lion for his work.
written by Roberta Nalesso